|Previous Section||Index||Home Page|
Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information his Department has collected on the number of calls (a) received, (b) answered and (c) abandoned to phonelines operated by his Department and its agencies, broken down by subject matter of call. 
SPScalls relating to farmers entitlement and claim for the scheme.
RLEgeneral advice on completing the RLE 1 form.
RLRguidance on mapping queries.
Rural Stressused by RPA staff and rural support groups when they want to make a referral.
Counterfraudused by staff and public when they suspect that fraud is taking place.
BCMS helpdeskEnglish and Welsh calls relating to the cattle tracing system.
Livestock IDinquiries about identification of sheep, pigs and goats.
ETASused by ear tag manufacturers to log details of all orders processed and despatched to keepers.
WFAprovides an integrated access point to DEFRA and related agencies with the aim of helping to take the paperwork out of farming.
TSEregisters on-farm dead animals to be collected from the farm, brain-stem sampled and disposed of at a registered disposal site.
NFSSregisters farmers as members onto the national fallen stock scheme.
|Calls received||Calls answered||Calls Abandoned|
|(1 )TSE Sheep helpline went live on 9 October 2007.|
(2 )RLE calls diverted to the SPS helpline in September 2007.
1. Figures provided are between 10 December 2006 and 9 December 2007.
2. Please note calls abandoned in the first 10 seconds are not counted in the abandoned total.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether individuals on council tax benefit are expected to receive a full exemption from the proposed new charges for domestic rubbish collections. 
It will be the responsibility of each local authority to decide whether individuals receiving council tax benefit (or any other groups) should be treated differently under a waste incentive scheme and, if so, how. My Department will work with stakeholders to develop guidance on this issue.
The Wellbeing Indicators Group has provided technical advice and co-ordination on the establishment of measures of wellbeing for inclusion in the UK Government's sustainable development indicators, as committed to in the UK Government's
Sustainable Development Strategy (2005) and in the UK Framework for Sustainable Development shared with the devolved Administrations.
Tim JacksonProfessor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey; and also sits on the Sustainable Development Commission;
Paul DolanProfessor of Economics at Imperial College, University of London;
Nic Marks MSc, MAFounder of the Centre for Wellbeing at the New Economics Foundation.
The Wellbeing Indicators Group does not advise on policy formulation; its role is to advise on how well-being might be measured. Information on the use of indicators and concepts of well-being in policy can be found on the Government's Sustainable development website:
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs;
Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform;
Department for Children, Schools and Families;
Department for Communities and Local Government;
Department for Culture, Media and Sport;
Department for Health;
Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills;
Department for Transport;
Department for Work and Pensions;
Office of National Statistics;
Welsh Assembly Government;
Northern Ireland Assembly.
DEFRA chairs and provides the secretariat for the Wellbeing Indicators Group, which principally involves two members of staff and accounts for only a small proportion of the time of each. There are around 25 individuals attending meetings or receiving papers.
Mr. MacDougall: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he last met the Japanese ambassador to discuss the Japanese whaling fleet's intention to kill 935 minke whales, 50 fin whales and 50 humpback whales. 
Jonathan Shaw [holding answer 18 December 2007]: I will shortly meet Japanese embassy officials to express the UK's outrage over Japan's plans to kill endangered whales in the Antarctic. I have had no recent discussions with the Japanese ambassador on this issue.
The UK has consistently criticised Japan for her lethal whaling operations that are authorised under
special permits (so called scientific whaling) and urged Japan to end its scientific whaling activities.
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has had discussions with the Romanian Prime Minister on Romania's possible membership of the International Whaling Commission; and if he will make a statement. 
Jonathan Shaw: There have been no recent discussions with the Romanian Prime Minster on this issue. British embassies abroad will shortly deliver an updated version of the UK publication Protecting WhalesA Global Responsibility, endorsed by the Prime Minister and Sir David Attenborough, to all EU countries, which are not current members of the International Whaling Commission. This is to encourage them to join the effort to protect all cetacean species.
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what responsibility the proposed Marine Management Organisation will have over planning consents for offshore wind turbines; and if he will make a statement. 
Jonathan Shaw: The proposed Marine Management Organisation (MMO) would make development consent decisions, where the UK Government have responsibility, for offshore renewable energy projects capable of generating 100 megawatts or less of power.
The proposed Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) would determine applications for development consent for offshore renewable energy projects capable of generating more than 100 megawatts of power. The MMO will advise the IPC on these projects, including on conditions on developments, and will also monitor and enforce compliance.
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what provision for wind farms he expects will be made in the draft Marine Bill; and if he will make a statement. 
Jonathan Shaw: The draft Marine Bill will make specific provisions to streamline marine consents for renewable energy as set out in the Marine Bill White Paper. It will also provide a framework that will allow translation of Government policies and priorities, including, for instance, those on climate change and renewable energy generation, into decisions on marine development and protection.
Kevin Brennan: Statistical information on the total number of adoptions in England and Wales by age of child for the years 1995 to 2005 is included in Table 6.2b in the Statistics Series Marriage, divorce and adoptions, Volume FM2, published by the Office for National Statistics. A copy of this publication is available on the National Statistics website at:
|Next Section||Index||Home Page|